Saturday, March 17, 2007

Snow Update

More Then Predicted

Today will be digout day.

We got more snow than predicted.

First, though, and now underneath several inches of white stuff, we had a layer of wet, sleety stuff which has now almost frozen.

That means the top layer sort of shovels but the bottom layer just sticks solidly to the ground.

It's going to be interesting to see how the tractor handles it. The front end loader is pretty heavy, so I can hope it will be able to cut into the bottom once I get out onto the driveway.

Of course, first, I will have to dig a path from the barn where the tractor is parked....

More later....

And now it's later. 1 PM on Saturday.

The snow did not plow well this morning. There is a pretty good layer of ice underneath. I scraped off the snow with the front end loader in hopes that exposing the underlayer to the sun would melt the ice.

So far, so good. I will wait another hour or so and see if I can get the slush cleaned up a bit. It is not too worrying since the next few days are supposed to warm up, but the night is going to bring cold enough temperatures that whatever is on the gound will freeze up to solid, hard ice.

All in all, it's a good thing it's so late in the season. Had this storm hit in January, we would be in for a long haul of ice underfoot.

Because the road department salted liberally yesterday and then plowed several times already today, the road is clear down to the pavement. No travel problems around here.

Still, I really don't have anyplace to go, so I think I will just stick around here and do some house work.

The horses are basking in the sunshine, but the riding ring is a real mess. There is water/ice stuff lying everywhere, even moreso than usual, as I do have two low spots I've been working to level. It doesn't bode well for drying out any time soon.

I have been invited to a friend's house for corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Neato! I get to dress up in green and have a nice evening out.

Guess I have to take back what I said about not driving today. *G*

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